Newsletter June 2013

Newsletter  – June 2013  

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This is one of the Association’s concerns that properties of the same site valuation are not being rated the same. This does not demonstrate Equity and Fairness.

We have submitted to Council a suggestion that they establish Principles and Rules for General Rates as genuine rate reform.  Currently, the City has 45 different rating categories which are generating a real mess that has no apparent reasoning.  The following is our suggestions to consider in rate reform:

  1. All properties of the same site valuation should be rated the same regardless of location within the City.
  2. Non Owner occupied premises should be charged a fixed surcharge over and above Owner Occupied premises (e.g. 7% or 10%) that should be consistently applied across the City area.
  3. Vacant Blocks in City Streets should be on a similar tariff to adjacent developed blocks until site usage changes away from that tariff.
  4. Waterfront and Dry City Blocks of the same site valuation should be rated on the same tariff.

Urgent Call for Help

The Association is trying to increase its membership and we are looking at a doorknock programme to achieve this increase.  We are seeking volunteers to door knock homes in their street or local area and this is an area where many hands can make light work.

If you are able to assist then e-mail your offer to gharris@businessoz.com.au or ring George on 3821 3407.

Achievements

This Association strives hard to achieve better outcomes for the residents of Raby Bay.  It is a tireless job but we have achieved some real reductions in General Rates and Levies for our residents.  Over the years, our rates have been reduced and we have managed to have our Council establish a policy of Convergence Ratio where residential properties pay no more than three times the General Rates of the lowest.

Support your Raby Bay Ratepayers Association to show our strength and come to the meetings.

Are Councils Legal?

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Work site for canal revetment wall rectification work

Here are some of George’s pictures taken at previous work sites in Raby Bay

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Raby Bay Rates

Read a recent article in Bayside Bulletin regarding the latest rates in Raby Bay here

Raby Bay Canal Sweeping Campaign

Tenacity pays off – Action on the Park

After several years of persistently raising issues and concerns with Council about the state of our foreshore park, our Parks and Gardens Subcommittee convenor Denise Foote has received an indication that Council is moving towards upgrading this popular community space.

Nearby residents have been consistently disappointed with the apparent lack of care and concern for their local park – hardly a good advertisement for Raby Bay, Cleveland, or the Redlands.

The good news is that Council have applied for federal funding to carry out the badly-needed work.  We wish them success with their bid.  Thanks Denise for your constant attention to this lifestyle facility.

See a copy of the letter here.

News – Emergency repairs to canal walls required.

See the story at the Bayside Bulletin’s website.

http://www.baysidebulletin.com.au/news/local/news/general/action-taken-to-fix-shifting-canal-wall/1745292.aspx